Minister visits composites HQ
Published on: 30 Nov 2014
AN innovative racing yacht and lightweight road cars were on show when Business Secretary Vince Cable visited the National Composites Centre in Emersons Green.
The aim was to demonstrate the type of products that can benefit from the advanced materials being developed at the centre.
Dr Cable was joined by more than 400 guests when he formally opened the new £28 million facilities at the NCC.
He said the centre was leading the way in developing composites, which are crucial to Britain’s aerospace and automotive industries among others.
“Britain is historically very good at making scientific discoveries but not turning these ideas into businesses,” Dr Cable said.
Peter Chivers, NCC chief executive, said, “We will work with companies to accelerate innovation and develop people to deliver commercially viable solutions.”
The centre now has the world’s largest openly accessible, high rate manufacturing press for composites manufacturing. In its first week of factory trials, the press was able to produce car parts within six minutes. The centre is also at the forefront of training people to use the new technologies.